SNL Transcripts: Lily Tomlin: 09/18/76


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 1

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Musical Guest:

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Bit Players:

September 18th, 1976

Lily Tomlin

James Taylor

The Muppets

Taylor Mead

Tom Davis

Al Franken

Marilyn Suzanne Miller

Alan Zweibel

Michael O’Donoghue

Paul Shaffer
Lily’s ArrivalSummary: The cast waits for Lily Tomlin to arrive at Studio 8-H. She finally shows up with her entourage in tow and no intention of rehearsing for the show.


Lily Tomlin’s MonologueSummary: When the cameras go off, the audience sees how Lily Tomlin really feels about the show.

First Hosted: 75f.

Debate ’76Summary: President Ford (Chevy Chase) and Governor Jimmy Carter (Dan Aykroyd) cover strange ground during their first debate.

Recurring Characters: President Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter.

Note: Chevy Chase actually injures himself in the groin while falling over the podium. He will miss the next two shows while recovering from his injury.


James Taylor performs “Shower The People”Bio: James Taylor (1948-). Singer/songwriter; married fellow singer/songwriter Carly Simon in 1972.

Also Performed: 78r, 79n, 87i, 91i, 93f.

Weekend Update with Chevy ChaseSummary: Laraine Newman reports from an outbreak of Foreign Legionnaire’s Disease at the Blaine Hotel. Emily Litella phones Chevy Chase to inquire about five “crustaceans” that hijacked an airplane.

Recurring Characters: Emily Litella.

The Phone CompanySummary: Telephone operator Ernestine (Lily Tomlin) says that the Phone Company doesn’t have to care about its consumers.


The MuppetsSummary: In the final Muppets piece, the Muppets wake up in a morgue-like atmosphere, surprised that they didn’t officially make it to the second season. Lily Tomlin wanders downstairs to visit them and perform a final song.

James Taylor performs “Road Runner”

Tess & The SalesmanSummary: Christmas-loving Tess DiSenzo (Lily Tomlin) chats with real estate salesman Ralph Hopkins (Garrett Morris).

James Taylor performs “Sweet Baby James”

We Asked Judith BeasleySummary: Dan Aykroyd encourages housewife Judith Beasley (Lily Tomlin) to perform a series of crazy stunts around town.

Women In LiteratureSummary: Elna Sullivan’s (Laraine Newman) journal entries are devoid of depth.

Gary Weis FilmSummary: “Television Viewer” is Gary Weis’ premiere film for the new season, and it features writer/performer Taylor Mead’s thoughts on his neverending viewing of television programming.

First Appeared: 75n.

The Antler DanceSummary: Lily Tomlin and Payl Shaffer and the SNL Band lead the audience in a wild performance of “The Antler Dance”.


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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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